Polish opposition bring vote of no confidence in justice minister

Polish opposition bring vote of no confidence in justice minister
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The leader of the Polish political opposition has announced a vote of no confidence in the anti-EU justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro. 

Ziobro is the leader of the Soldara Polska party. It is so far unclear whether or not Poland’s ruling conservative Law and Justice party will decide to support their coalition partner or not. 

In recent years, Ziobro has become recognised as one of the biggest Eurosceptics in the Polish government. As a part of the United Right coalition, he has consistently promoted the idea that Poland should resist the Union’s common policies and has been instrumental in the deepening conflict over rule of law in Polish courts, an issue that has concerned Brussels. 

The European Commission has stated that unless there are changes to the justice system led by Ziobro, it will not transfer billions of euros from the Recovery Fund to Poland. 

This has led the opposition to call the vote of no confidence, stating that it is a gesture that is intended to help the government remove him from his position and resolve the problem. One opposition leader, Donald Tusk, stated that “we will submit a motion for a vote of no confidence in Minister Ziobro before the next sitting of the Parliament, and we will help you dismiss this man, also in your interest,”. 

Broadcaster EURACTIV says that so far unclear it is what response the Law and Justice party will take, but spokespeople have pointed towards the fact that they will try to defend Ziobro.

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